We’re all so busy trying to arrange the outside world so that we can be assured of happiness, and yet happiness is not an experience of things outside of ourselves, happiness is our experience of the inside of oneself.
I wrote a lot this week about getting in touch with your inner experience and this Ted Talk is in keeping with that theme.
Matthieu Ricard is a Molecular Biologist-cum-Buddhist Monk who uses his understanding of the struggles of the 21st century ego to express his own understanding of how happiness arises. It is amusing, warm, and for those with open minds, extremely informative.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own over-thinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.